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March 2017 in Transition

Hello Transitioners!

Spring is now just about here and the daffodils are out, YAY! This month Repair Cafe is back at rLab, .we also have our usual monthly meeting, a date for your diaries, and a chance to help run Repair Cafe from next year.

Around Reading there’s Reading Green Drinks for some environmentally themed socialising, we encourage you to attend a Global Justice Reading talk on “Change Climate Finance” and there’s a talk at the University on electric cars.

Here’s a summary of what’s on:

In Transition:
TTR Meeting – Tuesday 14 March
Repair Cafe – Sunday 19 March
Save the date – TTR AGM on 18 May
Repair Cafe coordinator(s) needed for 2018

Around Reading:
Reading Green Drinks – Tuesday 7 March
Change Climate Finance talk – Wednesday 8 March
Great Debate on Electric Cars – Wednesday 15 March

Transition Town Reading Meeting: Tuesday 14 March, 7:30pm at Great Expectations Pub.

Come along and discuss all things Transition Town Reading over a pint of beer or cup of tea at the Great Expectation pub (33 London St, Reading RG1 4PS). We can usually be found in the library room or the Christmas room on the left or right hand side as you enter the pub.

This meeting we’ll be particularly discussing  local economy project and re-usable cups.

Repair Cafe at rLab, (C1 Weldale Street, RG1 7BX) : Sunday 19 March, 12-4.30pm

Repair Cafe this month is back at rLab (C1 Weldale St, RG1 7BX). There’s plenty of parking at the venue so don’t be shy to bring down your larger items!

Bring along your broken items to be re-cycled, refreshed and refurbished! Throw it away? NO WAY! Bring it to Repair Cafe! Also if you have your own creative project (e.g. sewing, knitting, Raspberry Pi) you’re welcome to bring them along to work on!

Repairs include:

Mechanical items
Sewing, clothing and fabrics
Tool sharpening
In fact, if it’s broken, bring it along and our team of ready repairers will give it a go!

Home made cake, tea and coffee all in plentiful supply.

Everything is free but donations are very welcome to help keep repair cafe (and homemade cake!) going.

If you’d like more information contact us at and see our website for details of future events 

Save the date: Transition Town Reading AGM on 18th May

The Transition Town Reading AGM will be held in Room 3 at RISC on Thursday, 18th May at 7.30pm, save the date!

Most importantly, this is where new Steering Group members, i.e. Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Communications Officer, are elected.

If anyone feels they would like to lend their support to the group in any of these roles, now is your chance! To find out more about the roles email the steering group at

Repair Cafe coordinator(s) needed for 2018

Rachel and I will be looking to step down as Repair Cafe coordinators from the end of the year. We are looking for new coordinator(s) to get involved in as much of this year as possible and taking over from next year. If you’re interested and would like to find out more then contact us at


Reading Green Drinks, Tuesday 7 March, 6:30pm at Global Cafe, RISC 

If you work in the green or ethical sector or just have a passion for those issues,
GreenDrinks is for you.

Come along to the Global Café from 6.30 to 8.30pm to meet like-minded people for a chat over a drink or two.

There’s no need to book – just turn up on the evening. But if you’d like to sign up for monthly meeting reminders, email the local co-ordinator, Kathryn McCann, at For more details see

“Change Climate Finance” talk, Wednesday 8 March, 7:30pm at RISC

Global Justice Reading will be holding a meeting entitled, ‘Change Climate Finance’. Siobhan Grimes, from Christian Aid, will talk about a campaign to get banks to support clean energy and abandon fossil fuels. At present, banks invest much more money in mining for coal and drilling for oil than in renewables. We will learn how we can encourage them to shift money towards investing in clean, renewable energy and being part of the solution to climate change.

More info Jackie Oversby: 07745310794 /

Great debate on electric cars, Wednesday 15 March, 7:00pm at Palmer building, University of Reading


Join this annual Great Debate, led by the University of Reading and Engineering Institutions of the Thames Valley to discuss whether autonomous electric cars are the future of personal transport.
Places must be booked at this link


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